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Appointment of new GG welcomed by many, including Opposition

The legal fraternity has reacted with elation to news of the imminent appointment of one of their own as the Queen’s chief representative here.

Several attorneys-at-law and at least one magistrate came out swiftly in support of 68-year-old Appeal Court Judge Madame Justice Sandra Prunella Mason’s elevation to the post of Governor General, with Queen’s Counsel and former president of the Barbados Bar Association Barry Gale noting that “it is the best news I have heard in a long time”.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart today issued an announcement through the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) that Mason would replace Sir Elliott Belgrave who retired on June 30, 2017 after five years as Head of State.

Sandra Mason and Mia Mottley

Mason, whose appointment becomes effective on January 8, 2018, will be this country’s eighth Governor General and only the second woman after Dame Nita Barrow to hold the post.

Senior attorney Hal Gollop, QC, said Mason was eminently qualified for the job, while Sir Richard Cheltenham, one of the region’s most prominent lawyers, extended his “warmest” congratulations and wished her success in her new role.

Also adding his voice in support of his fellow judicial officer was magistrate Graveney Bannister, who extended “sincere congratulations as you assume the office of Governor General of Barbados”.

However, it was Mia Mottley, the leader of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP), who was most effusive in her praise.

Late last month the Opposition Leader had threatened that she would not be bound by any “inopportune or improper” decision made in the “dying days” of the Freundel Stuart administration should the BLP win the next general election.

Some of those decisions, she said, revolved around appointments of a new Governor General, Central Bank Governor and Director of Public Prosecutions, as well as the services commission.   

“I can only say to you  . . . we cannot seriously consider ourselves bound by any inopportune or improper decision made in the dying days of this administration that will extend its protection to people who ought not to be protected. I say no more,” Mottley had said in a wide-ranging presentation at a Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry luncheon.

She made no mention of such concerns today, instead describing Mason’s upcoming appointment as “a crowning achievement in a long and varied career” in the public service, while expressing confidence that the new head of state would bring to the office the impartiality which was the hallmark of the other office she held as a judicial officer.

“We look forward to her installation ceremony and to her tenure as Governor General of this great country of ours,” Mottley said, while adding that Mason’s family, as well as the people of St Philip, should be proud of her achievements as a daughter of the soil and the first person from that corridor of the island ever to be appointed to the highest office in the land.

“Well done, Ms Mason,” the BLP leader, also an attorney-at-law, said.

In announcing his choice for the position, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said in the BGIS release that it was never easy selecting a Governor General.

“The selection process must be guided by a range of factors, among them personal and professional attributes, record of service, commitment to country, integrity and dignity. There are many Barbadians at home and in the diaspora who could qualify,” Stuart said.

Justice Mason will be installed at a special ceremony in the Senate on the day her appointment takes effect, and nine days before her 69th birthday.

In keeping with tradition, she will be conferred with the title of Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (GCMG) by the Queen, and under the Order of the Dame of Saint Andrew, will become the Chancellor and Principal Dame of Saint Andrew.


26 Responses to Popular choice

  1. Tristan John
    Tristan John December 27, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    But to be honest, Mia Mottley was in a sticky position here. Either praise the lady and be called out by critics as someone who can’t keep their word. Or carry out the threat to remove her, and be criticised for attacking women. Lol. Politics is something else though!

    • John Nicholls
      John Nicholls December 28, 2017 at 7:55 am

      The key words in her statement were “inopportune ” and “improper “. Those qualify her position.

  2. Kevin December 28, 2017 at 1:11 am

    I guess Mia’s word is not her bond…. She changed her tune fast anuff….

  3. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole December 28, 2017 at 1:45 am

    I hope that the mandate of the GG will be updated. We really do not need a relic of colonialism as is the present form. I cannot see the former magistrate being content to visit the elderly and primary schools. Her experience in the legal system can be utilised in some social area to combat gun violence and generally be a deterrent of crime.

    • jennifer December 28, 2017 at 2:54 am

      you got a grim hope. Sadly such an appointment to such a pristine person will do nothing for the black masses. This is more like a burial. Typical.

      • jennifer December 28, 2017 at 3:08 am

        Colonial relics and such positions maintains white supremacy. But one day all these sleeping giants will awake to who they really are in this earth and to nothing but shame. Recently the Arab world sent a letter to a black pastor in the Philadelphia church USA…………

  4. archy perch December 28, 2017 at 4:29 am

    Just like the broken trident, Mia breaks her word once again. SMH. After standing before her financiers in her quest for power, and promising them everything but her underwhere, the hot air balloon is deflated. More to come; 2018 will be interesting.

  5. Harry December 28, 2017 at 5:13 am

    Archy in my opinion it is not a case of “breaking her word once more”, but who could really challenge the appointment of Sandra Mason who is an excellent choice for GG.

    Pity that rabid political people like you and others must continue to react the way you do.

  6. Commander Ralph W Talma Royal Navy (retd) December 28, 2017 at 7:39 am

    1. Congratulations on your most esteemed Appointment Ma’am, and may your Service be as long and as esteemed as the late Dame Nita Barrow whom we still miss to this day.
    2. This Appointment is neither ‘inopportune’ nor ‘improper’, so will those who are attempting to make a mountain out of a mole-hill please lay-off the leader of the BLP. Thank you and Happy New Year.

  7. harry turnover December 28, 2017 at 7:41 am

    THIS IS WHAT MIA SAID….so all a wunna DEM yard fowks can put any amount of twists and turns,curl ups and fabrications just to mek wunna feel sweet in wunna dying days….orgasms doan go on forever and they gine CEASED when this Administration DEAD next year.So enjoy wunna dying moments of pleasure.
    ” she would not be bound by any “INOPPORTUNE OR IMPROPER decision made in the “dying days” of the Freundel Stuart administration should the BLP win the next general election.”
    Mia offered congratulations and praise to the new GG and that could ONLY mean that she DID NOT find that decision to be inopportune or improper .
    In any case ,the G G HAS TO APPOINT MIA AS THE NEW PM NEXT YEAR so wha wunna yard fowls gine say then ?

  8. harry turnover December 28, 2017 at 7:59 am

    It is wunna DEM yard fowls ,paling cocks and swamp ducks that think THIS decision is INOPPORTUNE AND IMPROPER …MIA DOES NOT THINK SO..that is why wunna expected MIA to offer negative comments.
    Maybe some a wunna felt that Sir Philip Greaves should have been the one but in any case wha wunna expected the NEXT PM TO SAY ? MIA got mo sense than wunna.
    Head in brain,…if it was all a wunna would not have been in the yard searching fa and picking at scratch grain or pun the paling keeping bare noise when dawn breking out.

  9. archy perch December 28, 2017 at 8:06 am

    You guys can’t take the heat. Since 2008 you have been throwing the toilet and the kitchen sink at the DLP Administration, and the administration has not been answering back. Your yardducks have bombarded the media especially Brastacks with your rehetoric, everything the government did is bad. Now that people like myself bring the real facts to you, you say we bring politics into everything. A bunch of hypocrites. The crooked Barbados Labour Party has a record written in stone and I will bring it to you in 2018 while you throw the allegations and smears. The facts will be in your faces.

    • Carson C Cadogan December 28, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Well said.

  10. hcalndre December 28, 2017 at 8:24 am

    jennifer; I always think that political appointees must be loyal to who ever appointed them.

  11. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 28, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Give the role to me.

  12. Rev. Canon Dr. G. Llewellyn Armstrong, Brooklyn, N.Y. December 28, 2017 at 9:02 am

    What great news! Congratulations! You will be walking in the footsteps of Barbados’ great Governors General, but will leave your own footprints. May God bless you in your new role as you bring to it the same serious commitment and impeccable integrity demonstrated in your former roles.
    Still, “Beautiful, Beautiful Barbados”

  13. Ras Small
    Ras Small December 28, 2017 at 9:09 am

    In de Pen Dunce?!

    • jennifer December 28, 2017 at 9:46 am

      lol – the sheep in the pen are dunce. Why are we as a people at this stage still not bothered. why is only a few troubled.

  14. petra December 28, 2017 at 9:12 am

    well done Ms.Mason you deserve it. a proper woman. Mia hold on you next. can’t stop the women

  15. Carson C Cadogan December 28, 2017 at 9:42 am

    “”She also made it clear that a BLP administration would scrap any “inopportune or improper” decision made in the “dying days” of the Freundel Stuart administration.

    Some of these decisions, she said, revolve around appointments of a new Governor General, Central Bank Governor and Director of Public Prosecutions, as well as the services commission.

    “These are all posts that are either in the Constitution or serious posts that will affect the quality of life and the quality of decision-making in Barbados. Now if people only allow the Opposition to be the only voice on these matters, then the Government will fill them with impunity and you will be stuck with whomsoever they choose,” the BLP leader stressed.

    “And remember, if they then reappoint with impunity in the dying days of a Government we are then stuck as a country with the consequences thereto . . . and if we are not, there is a price to be paid.

    “I can only say to you . . . we cannot seriously consider ourselves bound by any inopportune or improper decision made in the dying days of this administration that will extend its protection to people who ought not to be protected. I say no more,” Mottley warned.””


  16. Carson C Cadogan December 28, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Mia’s choice, Cheltenham will have to wait for another day.

    But that is not really important as the crooked Barbados Labour Partywill have another 5 years on the opposition benches.

  17. Adrian Hinds December 28, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Mia Mottley is joke. There was no reason for her to have made those statements which suggest that the DLP was up to no good regarding this and other oppointments. There was no proof that anything improper was being concidered but the urge to lay false claims and create an issue where none exist was her intent. This appointment proves what an idiot she is.

  18. Dick Tracy December 28, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    @ Archy & Carson

    Please read both DLP manifestos from the last two elections. Tell us five significant things that were accomplished during the last ten years by the DLP and you ask why the kitchen sink, and toilets are being thrown at you. How many downgrades, and costs have been heaped on it’s citizens, and you asked yourself why! It’s not cost of living, it’s cost (waste) of government!

  19. Helicopter(8P) December 28, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    People of the Caribbean despora know who Madame Justice Sandra Mason is and will say she has a one on one personality which never changes. She carries an honest and fair opinion through her years of engagements services. At present many Caricom leaders and ministers know of this lady’s character and carisma! We are proud of you and we know your governorship will be well undertaken with God’s willing. To a great and honorable future in this fair land!

  20. milli watt December 28, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    why dem happy……because she off the bench hmmmmmmm

  21. Sheron Inniss December 28, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I would like to add my congrats, but at the same time I believe this GG thing is a whole lot of bull that needs to go. It’s just another colonial string.


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